The Atlanta Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center, one of only two in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, a community medical center and a teaching facility catering to 3rd and 4th year medical students from both The University of Georgia and The Medical College of Georgia. As the Atlanta Metropolitan Area is home to some 5,457,831 people, students get the chance to work in a dynamic and extremely busy hospital in order to meet their residency requirements.
The Atlanta Medical Center first opened its doors in 1901. In the beginning the hospital was a simple two room affair, staffed by two doctors and five nurses who provided care to the poorest of Atlanta’s citizens. These days however it boasts 700 staff physicians, 460 patient beds, specialty programs that cover almost every aspect of medicine, and seven different residency programs which have been ongoing for more than 50 years now.
Although the center offers almost every medical service you can name, there are certain areas in which it is considered to be outstanding, both within the state of Georgia and the US in general. These include:
As one of only two level one Trauma Centers in the area, Atlanta Medical Center treats well over 50% of the serious emergency admissions ordered in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area every day. The center operates a fleet of helicopter ambulances to help transport the most critical patients from all over the area to Downtown Atlanta as quickly as possible. Once they arrive they have the advantage that almost any type of medical specialist can be called in to assist the highly trained emergency room staff.
The level of orthopedic care, especially when it comes to orthopedic surgery, offered at the Atlanta Medical center is acknowledged as being exceptionally high. Many of the city’s sports heroes – Atlanta is home to NBA, NFL and MLB teams after all, have been treated by the physicians affiliated with Atlanta Medical center and several cutting edge treatments for osteoarthritis, a debilitating condition that can affect almost anyone, have been pioneered there.
The treatment of non-healing wounds is something of an art and the number of dedicated wound care centers available in the US in general is decreasing. Atlanta Medical Center operates both inpatient and outpatient Wound Care Clinics though and uses some of the most advanced wound care techniques available at the moment.
The residents who choose to enroll in residency program at the Atlanta Medical Center can choose from Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, Surgery, Pediatrics, or OB GYN rotations. There is also a Pharmacy Residency available to students pursuing Pharmacy degrees at a number of the local colleges in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area